In "World of Wonder," a Tapestry of Faith program
Gather the children in a circle, outdoors if possible, and ask them to think about the parties from the story "Enough Stuff." Go around the circle (or use the talking stick) and ask questions such as:
Now, ask participants to close their eyes and imagine a "no presents" birthday party they might like to have. Would it have a theme (such as pirates)? Where would it be? What games would they play? Are there ways they could include any of the Rs?
As time allows, have each person share their ideas and have a co-leader record them on newsprint. Contribute ideas, as needed, from the resources on Handout 1. Conclude the brainstorming by distributing Handout 1. Invite children to share it with their parents at home to help their families talk about new ways to celebrate birthdays.
Note: You might continue the conversation during the next activity while the children make the binoculars. Optional: List everyone's birthday on newsprint, then sing a round of "Happy Birthday to Us."
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Last updated on Friday, May 17, 2013.
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